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March 12, 2018

Aroostook Band of Micmacs land grant for affordable housing

Courtesy / Office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins
Courtesy / Office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced Friday that the Aroostook Band of Micmacs has been awarded a $58,206 federal grant to promote affordable housing activities in safe and healthy environments in Presque Isle.

The Aroostook Band of Micmacs has been awarded a $58,206 federal grant to promote affordable housing activities in safe and healthy environments in Presque Isle, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced on Friday.

Funding will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, through its Indian Housing Block Grant program.

"Indian Housing Block Grants have an important role in helping tribal communities maintain and improve the availability of affordable housing on their lands," Collins said in a statement. "This investment for the Aroostook Band of Micmacs will help support critical projects that provide safe, affordable housing for members of Maine's most northernmost tribe."

Under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996, HUD provides grants, loan guarantees and technical assistance to Indian tribes and Alaska native villages for the development and operation of low-income housing.

The legislation was amended in 2000 to add Title VII-Housing Assistance.

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